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Rapper Heavy D Dead at 44

Heavy D, one of rap music's most influential artists, died Tuesday, TMZ reports. He was 44.

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The rapper, whose real name was Dwight Arrington Myers, was rushed to an L.A. hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival. The cause of death is unknown.

According to TMZ, a 911 call was placed from Heavy D's Beverly Hills home. He was reportedly conscious and speaking when the paramedics arrived, but died a short time later.

Authorities are investigating the death. There were no signs of foul play.

Heavy's last performance was at the 2011 BET Awards in October.

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